A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Wanted" is about young love in its most innocent state. It's about cherishing someone -- and the overriding desire to express one's devotion to make them feel wanted. There's little sexy stuff here, so it's appropriate for older tweens and up. The video shows Hayes playing piano and riding a motorcycle with his sweetheart; it also shows that the love is mutual, rather than being a one-sided obsession.
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What's the story?
"Wanted" is the second single from the self-titled debut studio album by country singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes. Hayes wrote (or co-wrote) every song, played every instrument, and sang every vocal track on the entire album. The Louisiana native began playing accordion at age 2. By 4, he performed at concerts with country music legends such as Hank Williams, Jr., and on national TV. Hayes is also an opening act for country megastars Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.
Is it any good?
"Wanted" is touching and just might be the (country) song we'd all love to fall in love with. The music starts with a simple, repeating piano riff that's almost hypnotic, then builds with a swirling passion that matches the heartfelt lyrics. Hayes' musical talent is clear -- he wrote the song and played every instrument -- and he's likely to make an impact on the world of country music and beyond. The accompanying black and white video is tasteful with artistic splashes of red accents; and no sexy stuff here, just pure, simple, images of love.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of balance in relationships. Consider how Hayes plays with the word "wanted:" "You're all I ever wanted...I wanna make you feel wanted." What can happen when one person gives, or takes, more than the other? How about when there's equal give-and-take? Which kind of relationship might be the most healthy and successful?
Hayes began playing music at a very young age, and has become a well-respected musician before he's even turned 21. Discuss the focus it takes to become so accomplished at such a young age. In what other areas do people start early and excel at by a young age (sports, academics, the arts)?
This video is filmed in black and white with certain images (words, a rose, a woman's lips) accented in red. Discuss why the video's director chose this approach and ask what the red, stand-out images symbolize.
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